Priest gets 8 months in prison for embezzling $500,000

January 4, 2018 GMT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The rector of a retirement home for Roman Catholic priests who was convicted of embezzling a half-million dollars has been sentenced to eight months in federal prison.

Authorities say Monsignor William Dombrow spent the stolen funds on casino visits, expensive dinners and concerts.

At his sentencing Wednesday, Dombrow acknowledged committing a “serious crime” and said he would accept the judge’s decision.

Dombrow’s attorney says the priest was sometimes accompanied on those outings by residents of Villa St. Joseph. The Philadelphia Archdiocese runs the facility in Darby to house aging priests and treat those accused of sexual abuse.

In addition to his prison term, Dombrow was sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to repay the embezzled funds.